News|October 1, 2012 4:10 pm

I have gained a lot from India’s Got Talent- Karan Johar

Karan Johar, who is all geared up for his recent film, Student of the Year is also a judge on the show ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’. The next reality show that the filmmaker is currently busy with is ‘India’s Got Talent’ (IGT) and according to the hitmaker, it’s his window to the country and that he has gained a lot by being part of the talent show.

Karan started with small screen as a judge along with Madhuri Dixit with the fifth season of ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’ and he is also on the judging panel of ‘India’s Got Talent’ that went on air Sep 22. Drawing a comparison between the two, Karan says:

Jhalak…’ is the show I always wanted to do but never had the time for, whereas IGT fascinated me tremendously. ‘Jhalak…’ is a celebrity dance show whereas as IGT brings hidden talent from across the country. It is very fascinating and I feel it has nurtured me.

I have gained from it more than I have given to the show. It has exposed me to our country, which is full of talent and more than that there are these human stories that come along with it.

‘India’s Got Talent’ is the Indian franchise of the ‘Got Talent’ series, is a hunt show for hidden and unique talents from across the country. The show comes on Colors.

Being on television gives the contestants a new space. The show enhances our cultural roots. I love how people blend the old folk with new age stuff. They bring Bollywood sometimes in it to make it more interesting.

I did not do it to create mass demographics for myself. I believe if you are the kind of person who can connect with people and strike that chord, it does not matter if you come from an urban or rural background. With my presence on TV I have managed to make a human connect.

said the 40-year-old, who started his career in Bollywood with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Karan, whose next directorial venture ‘Student Of The Year’ releases Oct 19, shares the judging panel of IGT with actress Kirron Kher, who has been judging the show since its inception and Malaika Arora Khan, who has joined this season. ‘Kirronji is a veteran of the show and the face of IGT. She is outstanding as a judge and I learned so much from her on the show,’ he said.